BookSquint Summary, The Immortal LIfe of Henrietta Lacks

BookSquint Summary, The Immortal LIfe of Henrietta Lacks

by Douglas Albany

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Overview

HeLa, as Henrietta Lacks is known to research scientists, is famous for her unwitting contribution to cancer research. Her story is a riveting narrative about her suffering that catapulted her into the annals of medical history.

Born in 1920, this African-American woman became unexpectedly one of the greatest contributors to medical scientists' struggles to find a cure for cancer. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1951. Doctors at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University told her that her illness was terminal. But during her treatment at the hospital, Dr. George Gey clipped cancerous cells from her cervix without her knowledge. During his studies of the cells, Dr. Gey found that Mrs. Lacks' cells were essentially immortal. And this is the beginning framework of the story of this immortal boon to medical and biological research.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016518633
Publisher: Beckham Publications Group, Inc
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Series: BookSquint Summary Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 170 KB

About the Author

Douglas Albany is a researcher and biographer who writes about science, cooking, and careers.

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